You put on your big girl pants, met with your financial adviser, got a mortgage, and bought a house. Hooray! Now comes the hard part: making it your own. Whether you’re in for a gut renovation or just trying to redecorate, there’s a lot more to designing a property than you might think. We talked to two experts—a renovation consultant and an interior designer—to learn about the most common blunders that new homeowners make, so that you won’t follow in their footsteps.
1. Starting renovations too soonIf possible, live in your house for a while before making any plans to overhaul. “Learn its flow, where the groceries land, where the laundry wants to go, how the sun hits it, where the choke points are, which way the rain slants, even get a sense of its soul,” says Bruce Irving, an independent renovation consultant and real estate agent from Cambridge, Massachusetts. “All of this will inform your choices when you make your plans to change things.”
2. Underestimating costsMost jobs will cos..
The all-white bathroom has been around forever. It’s a timeless look that asks nothing of you and gives little design excitement in return. A sophisticated, well-decorated bathroom has no rival. You have experienced this first-hand every time you’ve stayed at a fashionable hotel with cool fixtures, a smart color palette, and vintage details that take the entire bathing and grooming experience to the next level. This is important, as bathrooms (and bedrooms) are the only areas in the house where a terrible design can torpedo your self-esteem.
British company Drummonds has introduced Thames, a new vanity collection with a classic, throwback style that rises to the occasion. An adaptation of the brand’s Hebdern design, Thames features a newly created shelf for storing towels or toiletries. While the merits of an organized space cannot be overstated, the Thames makes more of a form over function statement. The strong Art Deco influence is articulated in crafted solid brass legs and marble ..
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Target had a big win in its home business late last year with a collection by Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia and its modern farmhouse aesthetic is honey for many of Target’s shoppers, who want a touch of Joanna’s signature old-is-new style. The product line’s appeal is its distinctive, yet familiar and comfortable design at prices everyone can afford.
But for other shoppers Target needs to attract – Millennials who are in their prime for home-related purchases – it may not their cup of tea. Urban Millennials in their first (and likely small) apartment or home leaning towards a more contemporary design that won’t clutter tight spaces may not be drawn to that farmhouse-inspired look. Now Target has a home line designed for them: Made By Design.
Target sets the table in a statement: “Guests – especially those establishing their first homes – crave quality everyday items that will simplify t..
BRACELET RACE ROW: Do you agree with the customers who complained?American Eagle has been slammed by customers who believe one of their bracelets is “inappropriate”.
The jewellery item, which was being sold online and in store, was said to resemble slave shackles.
After receiving dozens of complaints, the company has decided to pull the accessory from all of their outlets.
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— Rey (@SupaTev) December 12, 2017Twitter user Rey was the first to spark discussion about the bracelet.
Sharing snaps of the cuff-shaped item, he asked the retailer why they would stock it.
His post has racked up more than 429 retweets and 330 likes.
Dozens of customers have since a..
Team New Zealand's victory in the America's Cup has been recognised in the New Zealand of the Year awards shortlists.
America's Cup team boss Grant Dalton, mental health advocate Mike King, Auckland University microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles and fashion designer Annah Stretton are among 10 people on the shortlist for the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Award.
Others are Christchurch surgeon Philip Bagshaw, equal pay campaigner Kristine Bartlett, violence prevention promoter Lesley Elliott, Skylight Trust chief executive Heather Henare, environmental scientist Dr Mike Joy, and She# founder Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh.
Organisers said 1118 nominations were received for the award. A judging panel will announce the three finalists for the award, and in five other categories, in January, and winners will be announced on February 22.
DEAN CARRUTHERSMicrobiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles is on the list for raising the awareness of important public health issues.
The shortlist for the Young..
A decade after transforming Céline into the favored label of power women everywhere and beginning a new era of minimalism in fashion, Phoebe Philo, its artistic director, has announced she is leaving the house.
She is the fourth and best-known designer to exit a job this month, adding a final twist to 12 months of dizzying change for the industry on both the creative and corporate sides.
In a brief statement announcing the news, Ms. Philo thanked her team, and Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury group that owns Céline, said: “What Phoebe has accomplished over the past 10 years represents a key chapter in the history of Céline. We are very grateful to Phoebe for having contributed to the great momentum of this Maison. A new era of development for Céline will now start, and I am extremely confident in the future success of this iconic Maison.”
Ms. Philo, who first came to prominence as the designer at Chloé, made Cél..
Chris Stamp was still in college when he decided that conventional education wasn’t for him. He always had a passion for fashion, and as soon as the opportunity presented itself, he jumped for it.
In this video, Gerard Adams sits down with Stamp to learn more about the designer's story, from how Stamp grew up with parents who encouraged his creativity, to finding a business model in college, to opening his own fashion store in Los Angeles.
Click play to learn more.
See more episodes of Leaders Create Leaders Season 1 and 2 on Gerard Adam's YouTube channel.
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Before LeBron James, Cleveland, Ohio, was the butt of jokes and had to shake the stigma of being known as “the mistake by the lake.” However, the redevelopment and gentrification of Ohio’s largest urban area was boosted by an African-American designer who was denied entry into one of the city’s architectural schools in his hometown and is now the subject of a documentary produced by local filmmaker Derek Morton.
Trailblazing Black Cleveland Architect, Robert P. Madison. (Twitter Photo)“Deeds Not Words” chronicles the life and historic accomplishments of trailblazing architect and former Howard University professor Robert Madison. Madison was given little chance to rise from poverty during Jim Crow America of the 1940s. Madison persevered through racism to leave public housing and establish Cleveland’s first Black architectural firm in 1954.
Robert P. Madison International has risen from a firm that began designing local A.M.E. churches to a family-owned architectural enterprise. They h..
In recent years, we’ve all been embracing a more personalised approach to home interiors. Decorating has stopped being about style guides and following rules. But that doesn’t mean we’ve abandoned trends altogether. There will always be certain core looks that capture our imaginations and sweep into homes around the world in waves, before retreating slowly and making way for the next batch.
So what will the next year bring to our shores? The overall mood for the year looks to be one of understated luxury. There’s a richness to the designs we’re seeing, one that is less about splashing the cash, and more about investing wisely and treasuring our possessions. The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi – beauty in imperfection – means we’re looking for materials that improve with age. It’s about cherishing, nesting and creating a space that feeds the soul.
Colour and print
The colour palette for 2018 will reflect this sense of richness and luxury with sensuous jewel tones. Ruby reds, emerald green..
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